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  1. 1. Island man Grace Nichols
  2. 2. Life on a Caribbean Island
  3. 3. Life in London
  4. 4. Imagine…
  5. 5. Differences between life on a CaribbeanDifferences between life on a Caribbean island and life in Londonisland and life in London
  6. 6. CULTURECULTURE Guyana:Guyana: • Country on the north coast of SouthCountry on the north coast of South America;America; • One of the poorest nations in theOne of the poorest nations in the Western hemisphere;Western hemisphere; • Gained independence from Britain inGained independence from Britain in 1966.1966.
  7. 7. SURFACE MEANINGSURFACE MEANING •A man who used to liveA man who used to live on a Caribbean islandon a Caribbean island still dreams of this placestill dreams of this place even now when he liveseven now when he lives in London.in London.
  8. 8. Island ManIsland Man MorningMorning and island man wakes upand island man wakes up to the sound of blue surfto the sound of blue surf in his headin his head the steady breaking and wombingthe steady breaking and wombing wild seabirdswild seabirds and fishermen pushing out to seaand fishermen pushing out to sea the sun surfacing defiantlythe sun surfacing defiantly from the eastfrom the east of his small emerald islandof his small emerald island he always comes backhe always comes back groggily groggilygroggily groggily Comes back to sandsComes back to sands of a grey metallic soarof a grey metallic soar to surge of wheelsto surge of wheels to dull North Circular roarto dull North Circular roar muffling mufflingmuffling muffling his crumpled pillow waveshis crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himselfisland man heaves himself Another London dayAnother London day
  9. 9. Island Man (for a Caribbean island man in London who still wakes up to the sound of the sea) Morning And island man wakes up To the sound of blue surf In his head The steady breaking and wombing wild seabirds and fisherman pushing out to sea the sun surfacing defiantly from the east of his small emerald island he always comes back groggily groggily Clear link with other traditions Alliteration with the letter 's' This word has many associations, but the predominant image is one of comfort and security very positive image Repetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledge Note the vibrant colours
  10. 10. muffling muffling his crumpled pillow waves island man heaves himself Another London day Grace Nichols Comes back to sands of a grey metallic soar to surge of wheels to dull North Circular road Repetition, as if he cannot believe it, or is reluctant to acknowledge Stark last line, physically isolated, with no preposition or verb Suggest comparison of a man heaving himself on to an island Capital letters but no punctuation in poem a busy road around London Change of perspective here Colour contrast, not vibrant but drab
  11. 11. IDEAS, ATTITUDES,IDEAS, ATTITUDES, FEELINGSFEELINGS • Ideas:Ideas: – Comparing the simple beautiful way of life on a Caribbean islandComparing the simple beautiful way of life on a Caribbean island to the noise and rush of a modern cityto the noise and rush of a modern city – When far away from home some people will over idealise itWhen far away from home some people will over idealise it – Never forget where you come fromNever forget where you come from • Attitudes:Attitudes: – Island man does not seem to feel at home in London thereforeIsland man does not seem to feel at home in London therefore there is a sense of being out of place and not belongingthere is a sense of being out of place and not belonging – The opportunities of London are far removed from the beauties ofThe opportunities of London are far removed from the beauties of the Caribbeanthe Caribbean • Feelings:Feelings: – HomesickHomesick – Idealising the past / previous homeIdealising the past / previous home – RegretRegret – Dull repetitive nature of present working lifeDull repetitive nature of present working life
  12. 12. MetaphorMetaphor • sands / of a grey metallic soarsands / of a grey metallic soar (London as an unpleasant beach)(London as an unpleasant beach) PersonificationPersonification •• the sun surfacing defiantlythe sun surfacing defiantly •• to dull North Circular roarto dull North Circular roar AlliterationAlliteration •• sun surfacingsun surfacing •• Stanza 3 = Sands, soar, surge (likeStanza 3 = Sands, soar, surge (like the sounds of the sea)the sounds of the sea) RepetitionRepetition •• groggily groggilygroggily groggily •• muffling mufflingmuffling muffling LanguageLanguage
  13. 13. Island ManIsland Man • There is no punctuation in the poem.There is no punctuation in the poem. Why? What image does the Island manWhy? What image does the Island man have in his head? How does the poet’shave in his head? How does the poet’s choice of language reflect that image?choice of language reflect that image? • There are more capital letters on theThere are more capital letters on the second part of the poem. Why? Think ofsecond part of the poem. Why? Think of the formality of capital letters.the formality of capital letters.
  14. 14. Island ManIsland Man Island:Island: • ““blue surf”blue surf” • ““wild seabirds”wild seabirds” • ““fishermen”fishermen” • ““emerald island”emerald island” London:London: • ““grey metallic soar”grey metallic soar” • ““to surge of wheels”to surge of wheels” • ““dull North Circulardull North Circular roar”roar” • ““Another London day”Another London day”
  15. 15. Back to exams…Back to exams… • The question will name ONE poem, you mustThe question will name ONE poem, you must choose the otherchoose the other • Use the wording of the question at the beginningUse the wording of the question at the beginning and end of EVERY paragraphand end of EVERY paragraph • Relate everything you write to the questionRelate everything you write to the question The more points you make theThe more points you make the higher the grade!higher the grade!
  16. 16. •How does “Blessing” andHow does “Blessing” and one other poem from thisone other poem from this selection, show theselection, show the importance of culture andimportance of culture and cultural backgroundcultural background Sample Exam QuestionSample Exam Question
  17. 17. Planning a response to the question onPlanning a response to the question on poetry from other culturespoetry from other cultures When planning an answer to the question onWhen planning an answer to the question on poems from other cultures do not consider onepoems from other cultures do not consider one poem and then another and then try to makepoem and then another and then try to make comparisons in your conclusion. You should becomparisons in your conclusion. You should be comparing (discussing similarities) and contrastingcomparing (discussing similarities) and contrasting (considering differences) the poems throughout(considering differences) the poems throughout your essay.your essay. This will also help you to ANALYSE the poems rather than simply DESCRIBING them. E.g. You don’t get m(any) marks for saying, ‘there is a metaphor in the first stanza’ but you will get credit for writing, ‘the poet compares her use of language to a flower which shows how she feels it is alive and growing’.
  18. 18. Language / Themes/Techniques ‘Blessing’ ‘Island Man’ What is the subject of each poem? Describe the poet’s tone and attitude. How does the poet use rhythm to suit the subject matter? How does each poet bring the environment / place to life? How are the people presented in each poem? (Look at how the poet describes their actions, for example.) How does each poet use imagery? Does each poet use unconventional forms? If so, why? (e.g. lack of punctuation, short line lengths, and unusual layout).
  19. 19. ‘Island Man’: Evoking Place Using ‘Island Man’ as an influence, write a postcard to a friend from either: a tropical island a bustling city centre Describe the place as you have experienced it. Use experience and / or imagination!

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